the skiff is waiting

cry loudly, martyr with flapping ideas

cheers to your rotting words with

limited access, no entrance

beat the cream

spread the butter on

thin vintage breakfast toast

black coffee pending


substance, a burrowing idea

don’t ask

just do it

circumstance divides the brave


i sit where trees breathe

contemplate the warrior’s plea

the penciled-in thoughts

the moan of slanted arms

reaching for the embrace

inflicting a heart’s think tank

with cold lips

high blood pressure

incredible warmth

voice, spectrum and limitations


i am holding you

there is a reason for this

there will always be a reason for this


I’m setting out to sea

the skiff is waiting


by mary ann blinkhorn

written for Three Word Wednesday at:

This week’s words:  beat, substance and pressure


26 thoughts on “the skiff is waiting

  1. markwindham says:

    Good good. Really like the close

  2. abdulbencamel says:

    incredible, Ms. Blinkstonport – I got no words!

    • mypenandme says:

      I guess I’ll have to come over to your blog if I want to read your words, then. 🙂 For anyone else reading this comment, check out Mr. Abdul Ben Camel’s work on myspace by clicking on his gravatar. He’s one of Myspace’s finest poets. 🙂

  3. Mary says:

    Ah, there is reason! I like that, hope for that! Nice 3WW.

  4. Suz says:

    Very well written and entertaining read.
    Love the images….like a word collage

  5. Jae Rose says:

    Sailing away and taking to the that sounds good..i love the stream of thought..the vintage breakfast toast tucked in there..reading down the lines is like a journey in itself..happy sailing! Jae

  6. patgarcia says:

    You will make it you know. Starting out on something new is exhilarating and yet scary. But we hold it all, the pen, the ink, the long nights with coffee and out of the pull to be ourselves, we leave the harbour and keep moving on.
    I love your poem.

  7. Anthony says:

    Nicely done Mam.

  8. granbee says:

    MaryAnn, may I join you on that skiff?

  9. Every stanza and thought increases in its wisdom, enlightenment and self-exam. A very prosac parable ~ Blessings dear

  10. oldegg says:

    You can’t have an adventure unless you go. I loved the beat of this poem as I read.

  11. ManicDdaily says:

    A very intriguing poem. I especially like the moan of slanted arms. k.

  12. clinock says:

    Hello Mary, nice to meet you – and thank you for visiting and following SanMiguelAbstractionists – however, you need to know that my role on this blog was to simply set it up for a group of SMA artists – that done I left it up to them to keep the blog alive. Unhappily it seems to have stagnated for now. My personal blog is Art Rat Cafe –

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